Helsinki-based energy company Fortum has set up two electric vehicle charging stations in association with IndianOil. The stations have been set up at Indian Oil outlets for the general public.
Nina Vaskunlahti, who is the Finland Ambassador to India inaugurated the facility by virtually charging an electric vehicle in real time situated at the Goldstrike Fuel and Services at Raj Bhavan Road.
Another location for the charging station is an outlet owned by Indian Oil at Begumpet. Apart from this, the company stated it has plans to build around 150 to 200 charging points across the country in the coming years. However, the exact number of charging points will highly be dependent on the number of electric vehicles sold.
In this regard, Sanjay Aggarwal, Fortum India managing director, said,
“Initially the charging stations are being set up at two retail outlets of Indian Oil on a pilot basis and thereafter it would be expanded to 50 outlets in a period of two years.”
A senior official of IndianOil stated that Fortum has tied up with their company for the purpose of building charging stations in Hyderabad region.
“After the pilot phase we plan to set up 50 such stations in Hyderabad over the next two years,” Rahul Bharadwaj, Executive Director, IndianOil said.
Apart from this, the quoted words of Awadhesh Kumar Jha, Vice-President, Fortum India, were,
“Plans are on to initially set up 150 to 200 such stations in the country during the year and hinted that it was open to populate these stations in the country as the demand goes up.”